How is your leadership obituary going to read?

8 04 2015

“Time is not measured by the passing of years, but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves” ~Jawaharial Nehru

“John Doe, Beloved Husband of Jane Doe, loving father of Peter, Paul & Mary Doe…”  Yes, our obituaries should talk about what we leave behind in our personal life (that’s what we work for, right?), but our professional lives are pretty evenly divided between work, sleep, and family, are they not?  We’re spending about one third of our lives between graduation and retirement working.  Maybe our tombstones and/or obituaries should take that into consideration.

While that’s probably not going to happen, your employees will indeed remember you for what you do in the workplace, not what you do at home or while sleeping.  Do you want to be remembered as a lame boss, who was always throwing around blame, yelling, making excuses and otherwise making the working lives of your employees and co-workers miserable?  I didn’t think so.  Leaders, live a work-life that is memorable… legendary, even!  In each interaction with your team, are you giving 100%?  Are you displaying leadership traits that you would be proud to have listed in a “professional obituary”.  Try to be a leader who can one day, in a comfortable retirement, look back on your professional life with pride.  Be the leader that future leaders think back on, and measure themselves against the yardstick YOU established in your career.

Speaking of passing…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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